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Often used as a backup method of cooking when its hard to grill outdoors or for cooking breakfast, the best electric griddle is an easy and smokeless way to cook your food indoors. It saves you from having to do a lot of prep like the backyard grill demands. Plus, you don’t have to mess with fire like you do on the kitchen stove.
Today’s grills are also designed to help you eat healthier as they are built so that the excess grease from the food drain down and away from the cooking surface. This reduces the amount of fat and calories in your dishes.
Simple to cook with as well as clean afterward, electric griddles are among the most versatile cooking appliances for the home.
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
Compact in size, big in function. The GR-4N by Cuisinart can convert into 5 different kitchen cooking appliances to cook everything from steaks and hamburgers to pancakes and bacon.
The essential elements that make this gridller have the multi-tasking capability of an electric griddle, contact grill, indoor grill and panini press is the reversible plates.
Each unit comes with 2 reversible plates, both of which have a grill side that has ridges to make the marks and let the grease drip away, and a griddle side to the plate, which is smooth and flat.
This lets you use it for indoor grilling of steaks, hamburgers, chicken or fish then switch up to the other face of the plate to cook pancakes, eggs and bacon.
The unit can be used closed for when you are in a hurry and want to be able to get a nice hot meal in 5 minutes or so, or with the two sides open for more cooking area.
When cooking it closed, you get enough room for 4 small to medium sized burgers or 2 larger ones. This makes it ideal for serving 2 people, though you can double that by cooking using open faces.
This electric griddle allows you cook between 200 degrees to 425 degrees, while the grill side lets you use low heat all the way up to the sear option.
Black & Decker GD2011B Family Size Griddle, Black
A more conventional electric griddle that offers much more cooking space, this Black & Decker cooking appliance lets you enjoy a non-stick flat surface that has space easily for 8 pancakes. You can squeeze in a few more if you force it though.
Very affordable, the unit comes with a temperature control on the side that lets you turn up or lower the heat immediately.
The griddle’s cooking area covers a space of 18.5 inches by 9.5 inches, which is surrounded by a drip collection channel. This allows the grease to slide down from the food and into the channel so that you get less fat on your food.
You can use this cooking appliance in the kitchen or on the table so everyone can be served right as their food gets cooked. Its compact size makes it something you can bring on road trips or camping, as long as you have an electric power source there.
Presto 07030 Cool Touch Electric Griddle
With a slightly larger, 10.5” by 20” cooking surface, this unit stands just a bit over 2 inches high making it another very portable, compact griddle. It is perfect for making larger batches during breakfast so that everyone gets their food quickly and you don’t have to cook many batches.
While often associated with eggs, pancakes and breakfast, this electric griddle does a good job cooking almost any food, including pork chops, steaks, chicken, salmon and grilled cheese sandwiches.
One of its best features it that it gets hot very quickly. This makes the prep time really short and you can get to the cooking right away. It actually gets hot faster than using the fan on the stove top which can save you a bit of time if you’re always in a rush to leave for the office.
The unit is likewise easy to clean as you can detach the temperature control from the unit. This makes the it convenient during cleaning time as the griddle portion can be submerged into water. You can likewise use a cloth to clean the cooking surface easily as food doesn’t stick to it.
A few notes to remember with this unit is that it does not have rubber stoppers at the bottom of its legs. This makes it tend to slide a bit while you’re cooking. You’ll also need to season it when you get it. Instructions on how to are included in the package.
Cuisinart GR-300WS Griddler Elite Grill, Stainless Steel
If you want a griddler that does all the things the Cuisinart GR-4N can and more, this unit comes with all the bells and whistles to make it among the best electric griddle options available.
It includes all the 5 cooking features of the GR-4N including full and half griddle and grill options but to that it adds a top melt to the list that allows for 6 presets.
Also equipped with reversible non-stick plates that can convert from grill to griddle, it is also easy to clean as the plates are removable making them easier to wash.
In addition to the cooking features of the GR-4N, this kitchen appliance, also features a timer you can set for cooking time. It also gives you full control of the temperatures of the upper and lower side. To add to that the sear feature goes all the way up to 500 degrees allowing you to get food crispy when you want.
Both upper and lower sides cook evenly allowing you to use it closed or open to accommodate more food.
Presto 07046 Tilt ‘n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle
Similar to the Presto griddle above in our reviews, this version is closer to a square in shape rather than rectangular. This allows it to accommodate more food in its 18.5” by 15” cooking area.
It also includes a temperature heat control unit that’s detachable so you can just put the griddle in water when it comes time to clean it. This is another smokeless cooking that’s ideal for indoor cooking whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
As far as temperature is concerned you can go as low as 175 degrees up to a maximum of 400 degrees. The entire unit measures 23 inches by 17 inches which takes up a bit more table top space than the others due to its shape.
One of the extra features of this unit is the Tilt ‘n Drain feature, where you can make the griddle tilt by pulling the handles out. This allows the grease to drain away from the food to make for healthier meals.